Winona cops contend with bovine breakouts, trespassing timber rattlers

July 31, 2018

Winona County sheriff’s deputies responded to four reports of loose cattle throughout the county, while Winona police officers contended with a couple of rogue rattlesnakes this weekend.

Deputies received their first report of a bolting bovine at 8:22 p.m. Friday, after a cow was observed loose near the intersection of County Road 106 and County Road 29. With the help of the owner, deputies herded the heifer off the road and back into a fenced area.

Deputies were back again at 7:27 a.m. Sunday when the Sheriff’s Department received a report of three calves roaming the road.

Shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday, deputies again dawned their cowboy hats after several cattle were reported loose on the road and adjacent woods near the intersection of County Road 125 and County Road 5.

Less than hour later on Hwy. 248 outside Altura, deputies were rounding up a pair of holsteins who made a break for it earlier that day.

Each time deputies worked with the owners to wrangle the loose cows.

While deputies took a hands-on approach to wrangling the cows, the Winona police turned to a small group of volunteer snake handlers for help removing the rattlers.

On Saturday, two Winona men, the first living in the 1800 block of Edgewood Road and the other in 1300 block of Skyline Drive, reported rattlesnakes on their properties.

Police, with the help of a snake handler, safely relocated the snakes.

Winona Police Chief Paul Bostrack said July is one of the most active months for rattlesnakes in Winona.

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